Methods of Growing Aloe Vera
Methods of growing aloe Vera are pretty simple and straight forward. Aloe vera originated from Africa and was easily grown in the desert areas of Egypt. The plant has the ability to survive for long periods without water. Aloe Vera can be seen as a wise plant. It stores up food and nutrients in its leaves to compensate for days when it does not have access to water or nutrients. The plant has a thick outer coat that prevents it from losing too much water. The aloe vera plant has double the photosynthetic properties of other plants. Therefore, it will need more exposure to sunlight than regular plants. There are two main methods of growing the aloe vera plant (Watering and Sunlight).
Growing Aloe vera from Seeds or Cuttings
Growing Aloe Vera from Seed: The seeds can be sourced at almost any garden store. This method is for those who want to start a large aloe vera garden. This process requires a bit more technical skills and more information can be found at (tobeupdated).
Growing Aloe Vera from cuttings: This is the easiest method used to get an aloe vera plant that can be used for medicinal purposes as quickly as possible. All that is needed is at least a three inch cutting from another mature aloe vera plant. Let the cutting heal within a couple days, then stick the lower cut part into the soil (loose soil) so that it is erect. Give it some water and a little shade. After several days the roots will grow and the plan is now ready for maximum sunlight and less watering.
Two Main Mistakes Made When Growing the Aloe Vera Plant
Lack of exposure to sunlight: Due to nature of the leaves, the more sunlight there is, the more nutrients and water it can store. The sunlight is the source of energy for the aloe vera plant. This energy is needed to transport nutrients and water to the required cells that need the food. When the plant has enough sunlight, it will be a bright green. When there is a lack of sunlight, it becomes a greyish green. This is because the chlorophyll cells are dying. Constant sun exposure is a very important aspect of growing aloe vera.
Over Watering: The aloe vera root is very thin. This is an adaptation that allows the root to penetrate the soil in search for nutrients and water. The plant likes to search for water. Aloe does not like when life is too easy. The plant likes to get stressed and is forced to find food. Over watering aloe vera will cause the thin roots to become saturated and rot. A proper method of watering aloe vera is occasionally or rarely making the soil moist. The plant stores its own water similar to how camels store water.
Observing and Monitoring the Aloe Vera Plant
Keeping an eye on the plant is a very important method of growing aloe vera. The plant should be monitored in order to observe signs of stress. The plant should be given an opportunity to suffer. When the plant can’t take anymore, the tips of the plant will show the first signs of stress. The aloe vera plant will start to wilt. Intervention is done by giving a little water and nutrients. Do not expect the plant to bounce back in the same week. At this point do not over water the aloe vera The plant is designed to make best use of the little resources it is now receiving.
Methods of Growing Aloe Vera Indoors in a Pot
Potted aloe vera plants require the same methods of growing discussed above. Make sure the indoor temperature of the house is at least above 50 degrees. The aloe vera plant is not really sensitive to humidity. Make sure the pot of the aloe vera plant has holes at the bottom (of course). A drainage tray should be used.
Try to master a method of watering the aloe vera plant by pouring a little water in the drainage tray. The water will then moves upwards to the root. The suction power of those thin roots should not be underestimated and should be trained. Very little water should be used. The drainage tray should have rocks in it, to increase the surface area of the water. The pebbles also double as good decoration.
The soil in the aloe vera pot should be semi loose. The soil should enable fast evaporation of water from the soil. The soil should be consistent throughout the life of the aloe vera plant. It is ok to use outdoor soil in your pot.
Sunlight is a big issue when growing an aloe vera plant in a pot. The plant is a sun worshiper. In terms of growing the aloe vera plant inside the house, it has to be placed at a strategic point at the windows. If the house is located in the high northern altitudes, the plant should be placed at the southern windows of the house. A good rule of the thumb is to make sure the shadow cast by the plant is inside of the house throughout the day.
Methods of Growing Aloe Vera Plants Outdoor
The methods used to grow aloe vera outside are a no brainer and is much easier than growing aloe vera in a pot indoors. Aloe grows easily in dry or tropical environments. Kick starting the growth process may need a little technique. One of the techniques of growing aloe vera outdoors is to plant it on a mound. It likes to be slightly higher on the soil. During the first two weeks, you may have to water it. However, I have never watered an aloe vera before, it just grows by itself. Outdoor aloe vera plants can endure much higher levels of stress than the potted aloe vera plants.
If you do believe the plant is going to die, take each leaf apart from the root section. Then grow each leaf separately. Just plant it by sticking the part with the roots in the soil. Even if the bottom part does not have roots, it will grow some. Use separate pots for each leaf, with different watering techniques. Remember to give lots of sunlight. This is the final foolproof way of growing aloe vera.
For More information on the Uses of Aloe Vera
Medicinal Uses of Aloe Vera in Jamaica: There are many ailments that the aloe can be used to cure. Aloe vera is very popular plant in Jamaica because of its ability to cure many everyday sicknesses. Learn how aloe vera is guaranteed to cure many sicknesses.
Does Aloe Vera Help Acne?: Putting a rest to the question as to whether aloe vera is the best treatment for acne. Based on my personal experience with acne, I will shed some light on how does aloe vera help acne. The medicinal use of aloe vera to clear acne will be explained.
Spiritual Uses of Aloe Vera: The spiritual uses of aloe vera plant is vast and wide. Basically I will touch on some of the spiritual applications of aloe vera throughout history and present.
Nutritional benefits of Aloe Vera: We examine the many ingredients that make this plant such a potent medicinal factor. The different vitamins, proteins and minerals that make up the plant will be revealed. Find why these combine to make the best natural cure.
Aloe Vera for Hair: There is a very good reason why the aloe vera gel is used in so many different hair products. The gel is a perfect soothing agent for the scalp. It treats many skin and hair anomalies. Aloe vera is a natural hair supplement.
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